Hiroshima, Memorials of Pacific War victims

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    Maybe some of you have already heard about Hiroshima as one of the biggest cities in Japan. Yes, as a city, Hiroshima has a strong historical meaning for Japan. As you may know, in the pacific war 1945, this city was bombed by US by atomic weapon along with Nagasaki, a city in Kyushu island. The city that got totally ruin at that time, was rebuilt in 1949. Now people live peacefully in this city and visitors can come to enjoy the city’s atmosphere.

    Historical Legacy

    As Hiroshima is one of cities which experienced the war attacks at the most, the city has a lot to offer with regard to the legacy from bombing incident in 1945. Therefore, there are some places in Hiroshima that are open for public to remember the event in 1945. So if you want to travel to Hiroshima, make sure to visit these places:

    Peace Memorial Park

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    Is a memorial park in the center of the city. it is dedicated to Hiroshima as the first city in the world that became a victim of nuclear attack and to commemorate all of the victims, as well as to promote the world peace. This park was designed by Japanese architect, Kenzo Tange.

    Peace Memorial Museum

    This museum is located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The museum was established in 1955 to document the atomic bombing event. The museum displays belongings of many victims, photos and some exhibitions.

    Atomic Bomb Dome

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    These are skeptical ruins of former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. Many bomb survivors and Hiroshima citizens were insisted to register A-Bomb Dome to become World Site Heritage as it was a symbol of a human suffer by the nuclear weapons and mankind’s commitment for peace. Finally it was added by UNESCO in World Heritage List in 1996.

    Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims

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    It was built by the government of Japan to commemorate the victims, and Japanese desire to promote peace. There is a clock at the entrance that keeps the time at 8.15, which was the time when the city was bombed. Besides some displays regarding the victims mourn, there is a Hall of Memorial which contains 360 degrees view of ruined Hiroshima using 140,000 tiles – reflecting the number of people who died during the event.

    Children’s Peace Monument

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    Children’s Peace Monument was specifically designed for children who died as bomb victims. There is a statue of a girl with the open arms and paper crane above her. There is a true story behind this statue, that there was a girl who suffered from nuclear radiation and before she passed away, she believed that if she could make 1000 paper cranes she would be cured. Until know a lot of paper cranes are sent to Hiroshima from many children around the world to commemorate the story of the children of that time.

    Memorial Cenotaph

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    There are some victims’ names engraved on this monument. The arch of the monument represents the shelter for the souls of victims.

    Peace Bell

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    Built in 1964, this place is a symbol of cultural and spiritual movement to create the world without nuclear weapons and wars. There is a symbol of borderless map that means “one world” on the surface of the bell.

    How to Get Here

    There are some more interesting places that you can visit in Hiroshima. If what Hiroshima has is interesting to you, and you consider to visit this city, you can take JR Tokaido / Shinkansen from Tokyo. You can also take a bus from Tokyo(Willer Express) or train (Hikari or Sakura Trains). Taking a flight from Tokyo is also possible.

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Area Access